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Quebec blanks Seattle 5-0 to win Memorial Cup in Kamloops

The Quebec Remparts are on top of the Canadian Hockey League for the first time in 17 years.

The QMJHL champions added another piece of hardware to their trophy case with a dominant 5-0 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Sunday.

It was the defensive battle that most expected between the two top-ranked defensive teams in the entire CHL. The Remparts stymied the Thunderbirds all game long and were to get some separation in the third period as Seattle players got more and more frustrated.

The only goal of the opening frame came from an unlikely source, as import defenceman Vsevolod Komarov joined a rush and beat Thomas Milic glove side to give Quebec the early lead. It was only Komarov’s second shot of the entire tournament.

A much more likely source doubled the Remparts lead in the second period, as their leading scorer James Malatesta notched his tournament-leading fifth of the Memorial Cup. Malatesta was eventually named tournament MVP.

It all came unglued for Seattle with just under eight minutes to play. Up a man on a near must-score powerplay, the Thunderbirds instead gave up a shorthanded goal to Kassim Gaudet.

An undisciplined penalty by Dylan Geunther led to a Zachary Bolduc powerplay goal and Charles Savoie made it 5-0 for good measure with just over two minutes to play. A short time later, the Remparts poured off the bench to celebrate the win as the final horn sounded.

William Rousseau made 31 saves for the shutout in the final game of the season, while Thomas Milic surrendered five goals on 35 shots.

It’s the first title for the Patrick Roy-coached Remparts since 2006, which was the Hockey Hall of Fame goaltenders first year with the organization. The Remparts also won the Memorial Cup in 1971.

Seattle, on the other hand, has now come up short at the Memorial Cup three times and is still seeking their first CHL title. They struck out as hosts in 1992 and more-recently as WHL champions in 2017.



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